Course Title BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
Level: 2
Code Y988

Overview of the Course

This course will prepare you for work, further studies or an apprenticeship by giving you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in feeding, accommodating and moving animals. This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers in the animal care sector to ensure it enables you to develop the skills and behaviours that will give you the best opportunity to be successful when applying for work.

What are the career opportunities?

Progression opportunities include the Level 3 Animal Management course, apprenticeship, traineeship or employment. Career opportunities include: Animal Care Worker, Animal Care Assistant in an animal business, charity or wildlife trust, Kennel or Cattery Worker.

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grade D (3), including English Language D (3).

How long is the course and when can I start?

One year starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

All the content of the qualification is mandatory and relates directly to the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected by employers in the animal care sector. The areas you will cover include: Undertake work related experience in the land based industries, Maintain animal accommodation, Undertake practical animal feeding, Maintain animal health and welfare, Introduction to the principles and practices of animal behaviour and handling, Understand the basic principles of animal biology, Animal nursing. Each unit will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and your overall grade will have two grades in the range of PP to DD.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will be gaining the key skills, sector knowledge and practical and technical skills that employers need. Employability skills, such as team working and business skills, and completing realistic tasks have also been built into the design of the learning aims and content. English and communication skills are particularly important and you will also need good written skills when completing documentation about the animals in your care. When communicating with members of the public you will need to be able to listen and identify their needs, as well as respond to questions in an open and friendly manner. Mathematics skills are essential in Animal Care as you will need to be able to calculate feed and also identify the number of species to be allocated in specific enclosures. You will also need to calculate the size of the enclosure and identify the weight of animals and be able to convert from imperial to metric. Handling money is also a skill needed if working in the business side of Animal care and time management is essential within all aspects of caring for variety of animals.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your study programme and initially you will complete this at Pimhole Community Farm for up to one day per week. Once you have completed some initial training and assessment you may then be supported to gain a work experience placement within the Animal Care sector. Our students have previously worked at dog groomers, kennels, aquariums and veterinary practices. Here you will have the opportunity to care for a variety of animals and so learn valuable employability skills and more importantly confirm career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your vocational study programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, apprenticeship or further education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sports and fitness activities, course related study visits and guest speakers, careers events and trips.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Contribution to trips and visits within the course may be required.


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